DaedTech Digest: How a Simple Scorpion Can Burst the Travelers’ Bubble

12 hours 41 minutes ago

This week, on the slow travel digest, I’m going to move slightly away from answering reader questions.  Instead, I’ll just talk about something people probably wouldn’t think to ask. When you spend months at a time on the road, weird, local stuff tends to happen the way it does when you move places. If you’re […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: How Nice (or Not) Are the Places You Stay?

1 week ago

I’m going to keep the answer train rolling here with the Friday digest.  Last week’s question was about how we sort out exercise on the road, and the week before that, I tackled what we do if (when) we break something where we’re staying. This week, let’s deal with another one. Are the AirBNB/VRBO places you […]

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Erik Dietrich

Romance Report: A look at love in 2019

1 week 1 day ago

Hearts beating with worry over a potential conversation hearts shortage, people have been on the hunt for a candy-free way to express their affection this Valentine’s Day. Looks like we’re in the clear, but  many people still turned to Google for ideas, advice, emojis and more.

To celebrate all the ways that people around the world show their love (as artists have done for ages), we’re sharing our Romance Report to give you a global glimpse at how people look to say “Be Mine” in their own special way.

“What is love?”

Well, first of all, it’s one of the top questions people ask about love, according to Google Trends. But as Valentine’s Day nears, we dug into one of the other most popular questions about love since February 14 last year: “What are the 5 love languages?”

Gary Chapman’s 1995 book has caught people’s attention as they look to understand the ways in which they and their partners prefer to express love, and search interest in “love languages” is at an all time high. With that in mind, here are some of the top questions and insights about the love languages.

Let’s start with some quality time on our most searched love language (and searches are on the rise, to boot). These are the top questions related to both quality time with your S.O. since the last V-Day:

  1. How to spend quality time with your partner?

  2. How to set boundaries with your significant other for quality time?

  3. How to have more quality time with your partner?

  4. What does spending quality time with your other significant mean?

  5. What to do when your partner is touch and you are quality time?

If there’s one thing we can learn from Google Trends, it’s that words of affirmation can be hard, and people often look for advice on how to express their feelings. Here are the top searched “how to say” relationship questions:

  1. How to say sorry to your partner?

  2. How to say happy birthday to an ex?

  3. How to say happy birthday to a loved one?

  4. How to say something difficult to spouse?

  5. How to say love you to your partner?

The chocolate company in Hershey, PA isn’t the only one concerned with hugs and kisses. These expressions of physical touch (our next love language!) are on people’s minds and in their searches. “Kiss” is more searched than “hug” in every country, and on average, “kiss” is 7 times more searched than “hug” worldwide. So what are they searching for? Here are the sweet and simple questions many people ask:

Top “kiss” questions worldwide, since last Valentine’s Day:

  1. How to kiss a girl?

  2. How to kiss a guy?

  3. How to kiss someone?

  4. How to kiss a boy?

  5. How to kiss well?

Top “hug” questions worldwide, since last Valentine’s Day:

  1. How to cuddle?

  2. How to hug a girl?

  3. How to hug?

  4. What is cuddling?

  5. How to hug a guy?

With all the “gift for” searches around Valentine’s Day (the second busiest week for these searches apart from Christmas week), you’d think everyone’s love language is receiving gifts. If your partner is one of the many who appreciate a heartfelt token of admiration, or if you’ve got kids who are all about collecting Valentine’s cards, perhaps DIY is the way to go.

These are the top searched queries related to do-it-yourself and Valentines' Day in the past 12 months, worldwide:

  1. DIY valentine gifts for him

  2. DIY valentines cards

  3. DIY valentine decorations

  4. DIY valentine box

  5. DIY valentine gifts for her

At long last, we’ve reached our final (and apparently most enigmatic) love language: acts of service. Whether for him or her, near or far, these are the top searches from people looking to do a special something for their significant other:

  1. Acts of service love language ideas for her

  2. Acts of service love language ideas for him

  3. What are acts of service?

  4. Examples of acts of service

  5. Acts of service love language long distance

¡Te amo!

Saying “I love you” shouldn’t be bound by your preferred love language, or what language you speak. Every year, Google Translate sees translations spike on February 14, nearly doubling for those three simple words.  

Translations from English to Spanish top the “I love you” list. Here are the top 10 languages into which people translate that phrase:

  1. Spanish

  2. Portuguese

  3. Korean

  4. French

  5. Arabic

  6. Russian

  7. Japanese

  8. German

  9. Indonesian

  10. Simplified Chinese

Call the love doctor

When in doubt, the Google Assistant is there to help you out with translations, animal inspo and even a serenade or two.

  • To take a hint from our furry friends and learn how creatures across the animal kingdom show their affection, just say “Hey Google, tell me a fact about love.” Spoiler alert: did you know that a male penguin proposes to a female penguin by throwing the nicest rock he can find by her feet? If she picks it up, they’re engaged!

  • For some extra words of affirmation, “Hey Google, serenade me” is guaranteed to land you a love song.

  • Tell your Assistant, “Hey Google, Happy Valentine’s Day,” to learn how to say “I love you” in 8 different languages, including Korean, Mandarin, Hindi, French, Spanish, Danish, Gujarat,  and Indonesian.

  • Curious to uncover which “dynamic duo” you and your Assistant are? Just ask “Hey Google, do you love me?” and take a brief quiz to see just what kind of special bond you have with your Assistant. How sweet.

A 😍 is worth a thousand words

There’s nothing better than an emoji when words alone just aren’t enough. Whether it’s 😘,🍫, or 💘, Gboard helps you find and share the perfect emoji (or sticker, or GIF) all year long. Here are a few insights about romance and emoji from around the world:

  • We love to love: the heart-eyes emoji 😍 is the #4 most popular emoji worldwide, followed by the heart ❤️ at #5

  • It takes two: sometimes one emoji doesn’t cut it, so you gotta double up. And when we do, we’re usually feeling a bit mushy. Half of the most popular (non-repeating) emoji duos are about L-O-V-E:

    • 😍😘

    • 😘❤️

    • 😍❤️

    • ☀️😘

  • Some languages love *love* more than others: the heart ❤️ is the most-used emoji for people who type in French, Portuguese and Dutch

  • An emoji by any other word: Hindi speakers use the rose 🌹 more than any other emoji

  • Living up to the country’s romantic reputation, Italian speakers use the kiss 💋 more than any other emoji. Bacio!

Anyway, I’m off to celebrate Singles Awareness Day.

DaedTech Digest: What Do We Do about Exercise While Traveling?

2 weeks ago

Another week, another digest post.  Continuing the theme from last week, I’m back to answering people’s questions about our slow travel lifestyle.  (BTW, if you have a question about slow traveling, comment below or tweet it at me). This week’s question is pretty straightforward. What do you guys do about working out while you slow-travel? […]

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Erik Dietrich

Supporting the military community for whatever’s next

2 weeks 1 day ago

In August 2018, Google made a commitment to veterans, military spouses, and service members transitioning to civilian careers. At that time, we announced a job search experience that uses military occupational specialty codes to connect service members and veterans with open jobs that call for skills developed during their time in service.

In the months since, we’ve continued our work to make it even more useful for those who are searching for civilian jobs and the amazing people who support and guide them. People like Kristen Rheinlander, who works as the Transition Site Manager of the USO Pathfinder Program at Fort Hood, Texas. A self-described Army brat whose father served in the military for 25 years, Kristen came to the USO as a volunteer 4 years ago. Today, she heads up a team that works with service members and their families as they prepare for a new challenge: figuring out what comes next.

Every new challenge has a first step, and for Kristen, it starts with helping people see the connections between the skills they developed in the military and civilian jobs. By introducing her clients to the Google Search tool early in the process, she’s able to show them the types of occupations that align with their expertise, whether demand for a field is projected to grow, and active job listings in a given geographic area. It’s a confidence booster, she says—the search tool is a translator that “puts words to the unknown,” providing greater clarity for clients unsure of which roles, companies, and industries align with what they’re looking to do next. After finding a lead through the Google Search tool, Kristen works with her clients to begin crafting resumes that highlight their military experiences in language civilian employers use and understand.

Showing how military occupational specialty codes can connect service members and veterans with open jobs using Google Search.

Helping people find connections between skills developed in the military and civilian jobs is just one of the many ways we’re working to create useful tools and programs for transitioning service members, veterans, and military families—a community that’s sacrificed so much in service to our country. For the over 2.5 million veterans who’ve decided that their next step is owning their own business, we’ve created a “Veteran-Led” attribute for their Google My Business profiles. With this badge, veteran-led businesses stand out across Google Search and Maps. And for transitioning service members and military spouses who are interested in the growing field of IT support, we’ve made it easier for them to earn Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate through a $2.5 million grant to the USO.

Visit Grow with Google to learn more about job search and our other tools and programs for veterans.

Through these resources, we’re working to help service members, veterans, and their families prepare #ForWhateversNext.

Touchdown! Score with Search and the Assistant for Sunday’s Big Game

2 weeks 1 day ago

As the Patriots and Rams head to Atlanta for Sunday’s big spectacle, you can turn to Search and the Google Assistant to stay-in-the-know and get some help prepping to watch the game. We’re taking a look at real-time Google Trends data to see the top questions and topics people are searching for and scoring some pro tips from the Assistant before kick-off.

State-by-State Showdown

We can’t say whether it’s fandom driving the searches, but this year’s AFC champs are dominating search interest in most states in the U.S.

US: Search interest state-by-state, past week, as of January 30

Focus on the Field

If you’re gearing up for another G.O.A.T. debate, you can keep an eye on which players are capturing football fans’ attention. (Hint: looks like Brady is collecting searches like he is rings.)

US: Top searched Super Bowl players, past week, as of January 30

And the players won’t be the only things turning heads this Sunday. The much-anticipated halftime show also has people searching for this year’s performers Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi.

US: Top searched halftime performers, past week, as of January 30

Game Day Grub

Regardless of your football or musical preferences, snacks are something that everyone can get excited about. For inspiration on what to make, look no further than the most uniquely-searched Super Bowl recipes by state this year.

To stay up-to-date on other trends that are topping the charts this weekend, follow along on our Google Trends page.

Call an Audible

Everyone has their own game plan for Sunday, and the Assistant has simple ways to help you get in the game—even if football isn’t typically your thing.

  • Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the game, say “Hey Google, help me talk like a football fan” and the Assistant will help you speak like a pro. Insider tip: If the team you’re rooting for is on defense, just say “Put more pressure on the quarterback!”

  • This year, the Assistant will even share its prediction for how the game might play out. Simply ask, “Hey Google, who’s going to win the big game?” Hint: the Assistant can’t help but root for the underdog.

  • When it comes time to celebrate your team scoring, don’t forget to bring the Assistant along for the fun. Say it with me, now: “Hey Google, touchdown!”

No matter who you’re rooting for this year, Search and the Assistant are here to help you get game day ready.

Readers Often Ask Me, “Should I Write a Book?” Here’s My Take

2 weeks 2 days ago

“Should I write a book?”  Someone asked me this today, and I rattled off an answer. But as I was doing so, it occurred to me that I get this question frequently.  Probably a few times per month, at least.  And this makes sense, since I’ve written a few myself and I’m in the content […]

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Erik Dietrich

The DRY Principle: Templates, workflows, and processes that will save you hours of repetitive work

2 weeks 3 days ago

Don't Repeat Yourself is one of the most basic (and powerful) pieces of time management advice. Here are a few key places you can create templates and workflows to weed out repetitive work and give you more time for the things that matter.

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Jory MacKay

The State of Work Life Balance in 2019: What we learned from studying 185 million hours of working time

3 weeks 1 day ago

Our mission at RescueTime is to help you find balance and spend more time on the things that truly matter to you. To help you get there, we analyzed 185 million working hours to see what gets in the way of finding work life balance.

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Jory MacKay

How to Pick a Niche: Start Listening to Other People

3 weeks 2 days ago

Last week, I wrote a post in which I answered a reader question about who writes the code in a world of empowered software developers.  In that post, I continued my thematic assault on the concept of generalizing, which prompted a question about another topic I’ve tackled before: niching. The question was pretty simple (and […]

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Erik Dietrich

Expanding knowledge access with the Wikimedia Foundation

3 weeks 2 days ago

For 18 years, Wikipedia has been the internet’s encyclopedia, contributing to the vast knowledge available on the open web, and the Wikimedia Foundation has long shared in our mission of making information accessible to people around the world.

Our organizations have partnered throughout the years on initiatives that further our joint goals around knowledge access, including making information available through Google Search. Many individual Googlers also show their support for Wikimedia, through donations and from active participation in the community. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with new initiatives and commitments to achieving our shared goals.

As the next billion people come online, it’s critical that the content on the web reflect the diversity of its users. Currently, the web is lacking content in many local languages and thus restricts the information that people can access. By collaborating on programs to increase the availability of local language content and providing technology tools for Wikipedia editors, we aim to bridge this gap and empower local editors to serve their communities with relevant content in their native languages.

Creating new articles from scratch can be time and resource intensive for volunteer editors, and translation tools can be useful to help generate local language content. To make it easier for editors to create this native language content, we’re providing access to the Google Translate API through Wikipedia’s content translation tool at no cost. We’re also working with Wikimedia and their editor community to expand our Project Tiger initiative (now collectively referred to as GLOW - Growing Local Language Content on Wikipedia), which we piloted last year as a competition between 12 language communities in India to create more native language content. We will expand these programs with Wikimedia affiliates and volunteers to provide editors with resources and insights to drive the creation of new Wikipedia articles across 10 languages in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and the Middle East and North Africa region.

Bringing local language information online comes with new challenges in maintaining Wikipedia’s content and citation standards. Google Cloud Custom Search API helps editors ensure contributions are appropriately cited from sources. Our Cloud Vision API enables editors to digitize public domain books in Indic languages to include more diverse, reputable sources for citations. Both of these tools will be provided to Wikimedia at no cost.

While efforts to empower editors will help them continue to add more information and knowledge to the web, we also aim to support the long-term health of the Wikimedia projects so they are  available for generations to come. To that end, Google.org is donating $2 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, the first of Google’s contributions to its fund for long term sustainability. This brings our total support to more than $7.5 million, which includes an additional $1.1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation annual fund during a special campaign last year where Google employees helped decide where to direct Google's donation dollars.

With this continued partnership, we look forward to the strides we can make in bringing more of the world’s information online and making knowledge accessible to all.